After Alice: A Novel by Gregory Maguire

By Gregory Maguire

From the multi-million-copy bestselling writer of depraved comes a paranormal new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, released to coincide with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's Carroll's loved classic.

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole one hundred fifty years in the past, she came upon a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent principles and abrasive egos because the global she left at the back of. yet what of that global? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?

In this tremendous paintings of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his mind-blowing mind's eye to the query of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings outdated and new, providing a creative spin on Carroll's enduring story. Ada, a chum of Alice's pointed out in brief in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is off to go to her good friend, yet arrives a second too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her personal imperfect apprehension of reason and impression as she embarks on an odyssey to discover Alice and notice her accurately domestic from this surreal global lower than the realm. If Eurydice can ever be lower back to the palms of Orpheus, or Lazarus might be raised from the tomb, possibly Alice could be back to existence. both means, every little thing that occurs subsequent is "After Alice."

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Unlike the pagans whom Icelanders learned about when they translated and read the lives of the early saints of the Christian church, Nordic pagans were not doomed souls in league with Satan. They were merely sheep who had lost their way. Snorri now adds a historical dimension to his prologue. After presenting a standard medieval view of the world as consisting of Africa, Europe, and Asia, he says that near the center of the earth, in Tyrkland, lies the city of Troy. ” He was raised by Duke Loricus, whom he subsequently killed, and he took over the kingdom of Loricus, Trákía (Thrace), “which we call Thrúdheim.

His was a reign of peace and prosperity, the “Peace of Fródi” according to Snorri. Because of this he was worshipped even more than other goƒ. When Snorri uses a word for pagan gods here, he must feel that the euhemerization of the æsir had been completed. Frey is the first of the Ynglingar, and his successor, Fjölnir, is the first king cataloged in Thjódólf’s Ynglinga tal. From this point, Ynglinga saga follows Ynglinga tal closely, and the strictly mythological section is at an end. However, the rest of Ynglinga saga, and other parts of Heimskringla as well, also contains information that is useful for the study of Scandinavian mythology.

In battle he could make his enemies blind or deaf or overcome with fear, but his warriors could go berserk. He was a shape-changer, his body lying apparently inert while he was off and about in some animal form. Here I see the key to this “historical” Odin of Snorri, for this is a classic description of a shamanic trance and journey. If Snorri’s historical Odin was a shaman from Tyrkland, he was just a charismatic version of the Sámi shamans who are described in the medieval Scandinavian historical record.

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